Dear Parents, During the month of March, the Choose to Be Nice attribute is Responsibility. What a wonderful virtue to be focused on as we begin the season of Lent. Lent is the opportunity for us to take responsibility for our own lives and to begin again with renewed energy and purpose. As always during the season of Lent our students will be attending Mass each week, celebrating the Stations of the Cross every Monday at 1:50 pm and will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. On February 18, we had our 4th annual STEM Fair. It was a great success! Four groups of students will represent St. John the Apostle School at the Archdiocesan STEM Exhibition in April. The Fair will take place at the Archdiocesan Youth Center in Kearny. Spring Pictures will be taken Wednesday, March 18. Every child will be photographed but there is no obligation on your part to purchase. Children may wear appropriate school clothing; no leggings, jeans, shorts or bare shoulders. Students may have their pictures taken with siblings. If you will be having a sibling picture taken, please send in a note to your children’s teachers. Please, in light of the coronavirus, do not send your child to school if he/she is sick. We are taking every precaution to make sure all surfaces are disinfected each day. I am also working with the faculty and staff to develop a plan for virtual instruction in the unlikely event that we might have to close school. Stay well.
May God bless you as we continue our preparation for the great feast of Easter. Dr. Egan
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Children are our community's most valuable asset, capable of achieving their potential when given the proper guidance and support in our school community. A child's self-esteem is essential to success and must be supported by parents and the school community.
Each child's inherent worth is recognized concerning cultural differences, individual abilities, and unique talents. Children educated in a Christ-centered environment develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
Learning is a lifelong process. Children learn at different rates and in different ways from a variety of sources. Instruction must be differentiated and engage all learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. A child's educational success is a responsibility shared by parents, school, and the community working in harmony. Children learn Christian values and ethical conduct taught by parents, reinforced and modeled by the school, and demonstrated through life choices.
Children have a right to feel secure, safe, and supported in their school environment. Children will develop a lifelong commitment of discipleship and stewardship based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Our Graduates Currently, the Alumni Association gives all 8th graders a gift at graduation, as well as one Alumni financial award. Additional fundraising monies are donated to the school for technology needs. Alumni correspondence now mainly comes from the Archdiocese of Newark, School Office. Please consider donating to St. John the Apostle School. Supporting your grammar school ensures St. John the Apostle School memories continue for students in the upcoming years. Wishing your fond memories of SJA continue to be in your hearts and minds always.
2011 National Blue Ribbon School
St. John the Apostle School is a National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made Thursday, September 15, 2011, by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. St. John the Apostle School was one of 49 private schools from across the country to receive the prestigious honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels.
This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty. At St. John the Apostle School, we are continually striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students while encouraging them to do their best.
Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history. Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques and devoted hours and hours of their time.
St. John the Apostle School has been a prominent learning institution since our first class graduated in 1951. We have remained grounded in tradition while growing to become one of the leading Pre-K through 8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.